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This Filthy Earth (2001)

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The tragic story of two sisters whose lives are disrupted by two men. Amidst a landscape of rural hardship and a community consumed with superstition, events unfurl which threaten their sibling bond.

Director:

Andrew Kotting

Writers:

Émile Zola (novel), Andrew Kotting | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Palmer ... Francine
Demelza Randall ... Kath
Shane Attwooll ... Buto / Kath's boyfriend
Xavier Tchili ... Lek / Farmhand
Dudley Sutton ... Papa
Ina Clough ... Armandine
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ... Jesus Christ
Eve Steele Eve Steele ... Megan
Ryan Kelly Ryan Kelly ... Joey
Benji Ming Benji Ming ... Perry
Bill Rodgers ... Gibbon
George Neville George Neville ... Barman
Rachel Kirk Rachel Kirk ... Maggie
Etta Kotting Etta Kotting ... Etta / Kath's daughter
Stuart Richman Stuart Richman ... Mr. Holt
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Storyline

Sisters Francine and Kath run a rundown farm left them by their parents. Kath is a single mother whose primitive and swaggering boyfriend, Buto has an unpredictable and sometimes violent disposition. She loves him, but his past behavior has earned Francine's enmity, and she's not at all happy when Kath announces that Buto has finally asked for her hand in marriage. Meanwhile, Lek, a stranger and hired hand on a neighboring farm, takes a shine to Francine.

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Drama

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Fictional feature film debut for documentary film-maker Andrew Kotting. See more »

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grotesquerie
7 September 2006 | by jzll7See all my reviews

Having read the comment of the person who had to work in post-production on this film, I extend my sympathies to you! This is a very hard film to sit through and keep an unqueasy stomach. In fact, I think I got about halfway through, having been quite patient, before deciding that whatever point the filmmakers had did not justify their approach, and I left the theatre to see another film at the festival. If I had not been at a festival, I might have hung around for the ending (at this point I must say my fest friends are continually amazed by my patience with off-putting art films!) This movie is unrelentingly focused on the gross material aspects of existence. The reality we all live in is full of death, life, pain, pus, blood, mud, bodily orifices, rain, sun, and everything else our senses are inundated with, but the presentation of it in this film feels like having your head ducked into a trough full of manure. What is most unsettling is the impression that this is exactly what the film makers were trying to do...


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cette sale terre See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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